Sheffield Steelers’ Canadian star previews tough clash with Cardiff Devils

Colton Fretter Goal - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 11/10/14
Colton Fretter Goal - Sheffield Steelers v Coventry Blaze 11/10/14
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Colton Fretter says Sheffield Steelers must face down Cardiff Devils’ gritty, aggressive style if they are to get maximum points in back-to-back games against the Welsh this weekend.

Steelers have had mixed success against Devils so far, winning away but losing 3-2 at home in what coach Geread Adams deems their worst display of the 2014-15 season. Fretter was suspended from last Wednesday’s victory over Dundee Stars, punishment for boarding American opponent Matt Larke at Hull Stingrays in the previous match.

But he will be back at Sheffield Arena tonight to try and get revenge on Devils, who won on penalty shots there on September 27.

“They came in and got a goal late, to send us to overtime and beat us in a shoot-out,” recalled the 32-year-old Canadian. “It is always hard losing in a shoot out. They are a physical team, they work hard, they are in your face and we have got to match that and do the same thing right back at them.”

Steelers play the return match at Cardiff Arena tomorrow and says: “I have only been there once, that was my first experience, it was a tight rink from what I remember and the ice wasn’t ideal, but maybe its a little cooler now and better ice. But both teams have to play on the same surface, so there are no excuses.”

Fretter was clearly frustrated at having to sit out a game, mid-week. “It is never fun to get suspended, nobody wants that,” he said.

“I was just back-checking hard on a guy - he had the puck and was maybe a foot or two off the boards and I put him into the boards and I didn’t think he was in a vulnerable position.

“I didn’t think he was going to get hurt or anything. He popped right back up but the way people interpreted it, it was from behind. I served my penalty and did my time. I don’t think I am a dirty player, it is not my style.”

* Coventry Blaze beat Fife Flyers 2-1 in overtime to move up to third in the Elite League on Friday night.

James Griffin had given Coventry the lead in the second period, only for Bobby Chaumont to tie it up midway through the third.

But Rory Rawlyk had the final word in overtime to send the visitors home victorious.


Saturday 18th October 2014

Elite League

Braehead Clan v Coventry Blaze – 7.00pm

Hull Stingrays v Edinburgh Capitals – 6.30pm

Nottingham Panthers v Dundee Stars – 7.00pm

Sheffield Steelers v Cardiff Devils – 7.00pm

Continental Cup 2nd Round – Group B – Bremerhaven, Germany

Belfast Giants v CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) – 3.00pm


Sunday 19th October 2014

Elite League

Cardiff Devils v Sheffield Steelers – 6.00pm

Coventry Blaze v Edinburgh Capitals – 5.15pm

Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers – 6.30pm

Challenge Cup Group B

Hull Stingrays v Nottingham Panthers – 6.00pm

Continental Cup 2nd Round – Group B – Bremerhaven, Germany

Belfast Giants v Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven (Germany) – 6.00pm